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Congresswoman Speier Praises Announcement That U.S. Transportation Secretary Will Sign Off On Caltrain Electrification Grant

May 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement today in response to being notified that U. S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will approve a federal grant for the electrification of Caltrain between San Francisco and San Jose:


“Today is a great day for jobs, clean air and decongestion of traffic in the Bay Area,” Speier said. “This is like moving from a Model T to a Tesla. Each is beloved on its own terms, but only one can do the modern job of moving America forward. More commuters are going to love faster and more frequent service at Caltrain stations, almost no pollution and quieter rides. Soon, the morning commute will again be a fun adventure rather than a crowded and crawling ordeal. Almost 10,000 new jobs will be created through this shovel-ready project. This is the dawn of a new era for San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. I thank Secretary Chao, local businesses and government in our region for unprecedented collaboration. It was stellar!”